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04-12-2016 19:25

Current Affairs

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Pilot project aims to make companies come clean over public contracts

02-12-2016 11:30 | Chris Johnstone

The Czech Republic has been selected for a corruption fighting pilot project which could have a major impact if it eventually expands to cover the massive public sector tenders market.   More

Ivana Trump in 2007, photo: Christopherpeterson, CC BY 3.0

Czechoslovak secret police files reveal interest in Trump couple

02-12-2016 14:11 | Dominik Jůn

The Czechoslovak communist-era secret police took an active interest in the Czech born first wife of US president-elect Donald Trump back in the late 1970s and 80s, according to newly examined archive materials. The StB kept an eye on Ivana Zelníčková...  More

Sunday Music Show

Terne Chave, photo: Zewlakk Dlouhý Krok

Terne Chave – a Romany band with a difference

04-12-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Terne Chave is currently one of the most successful Romany bands in the Czech Republic. Its seven members started out performing Romany songs at special events in their home town of Hradec Kralové and ended up touring European countries. Today they still draw on their Romany roots but they compose their own music laced with Latino, jazz, punk, reggae, flamenco, and rock. Check-out our Sunday Music show for a taste of what they have to offer.   More

Czech Books

Michael Tate, photo: David Vaughan

Michael Tate: bringing us the best of Central European writing

03-12-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Publishers that focus on contemporary writing from Central Europe are few and far between, but they play an important role in bringing Czech poetry and prose to an international audience. One of the newest players is Jantar Publishing, based in London. In just a few years it has established a strong reputation with its beautifully produced translations, several of which we have already talked about here on Radio Prague.   More


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03-12-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

In this very last edition of Mailbox on Radio Prague we quote for one last time from your answers to the Mystery Czech quiz which has run for 12 years and featured 150 notable personalities of Czech origin.   More


'Happy End', photo: archive of Jan Saska

Will darkly funny Czech animated short get Happy End at the 2017 Oscars?

02-12-2016 14:52 | Jan Velinger

Just a few days ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 10 films worldwide which had made the short list for Oscar nominations in the Animated Short Films Category. Among them, is a film entitled Happy End, the work of up and coming Czech animator Jan Saska. In his late 20s, Saska worked on Happy End throughout studies in Zlín and at Prague’s FAMU film school. The B&W short, about the misadventures of a bunch of Czech hunters, a tractor driver, a party-goer and a not so good-looking corpse, is darkly funny and told in an unconventional style.  More


Černín Palace, photo: archive of Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Ministry building recounts Czech history in a new novel

01-12-2016 14:41 | Pavla Horáková

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located in the majestic Baroque Černín Palace just above Prague Castle. The majestic building, as well as the nearby Loreta Church, plays a major part in a recently published novel titled “Chvála oportunismu”...  More


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Government analysis seeks to pinpoint strategy for future economic growth

30-11-2016 11:15 | Chris Johnstone

A strategic analysis of the Czech economy has unveiled a serious flaw: some of the biggest and most profitable sectors of the economy are in foreign hands and have an increasing trend of shipping their profits out of the country rather than re-investing them. And while the foreign investment has fueled much of Czech economic growth over the last 20 years or so, the volume of investments appears to now on the wane.   More

In Focus

Alice Masaryková, photo: archive of Czech Radio

Alice Masaryková’s charity heritage remembered

29-11-2016 15:49 | Ruth Fraňková

This Monday marked exactly 50 years since the death of Alice Masaryková, the first daughter of Czechoslovakia’s first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and his American wife Charlotte. A prominent figure in Czechoslovakia between the wars, Alice Masaryková is mostly remembered today as the founder of the Czechoslovak branch of the International Red Cross.   More


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